Three-way race in B.C. could be pivotal for deciding election

The Globe and Mail Sat Oct 17 2015 By: Ian Bailey

B.C. is locked in a three-way race between the Conservatives, the Liberals and the New Democrats and the outcome could decide the election.

UBC political scientist Max Cameron believes a Liberal or NDP minority government would likely mean new clout for some of the urban ridings that have historically voted NDP or Liberal.

Permanent resident mailed voter card despite being ineligible

CTV News Sun Oct 18 2015

UBC political scientist David Moscrop says mistakes like sending a voter card to ineligible Canadian residents happen every election.

“There are 26 million voter cards that go out, and a few of those are going to be mistaken,” Moscrop said, noting that voter information cards are produced by a variety of sources including the Canada Revenue Agency.

Canadians gripped by close election battle

Financial Times Sat Oct 17 2015 By: Anna Nicolaou

Canadians are voting earlier in record numbers and the Liberals are leading the polls with 37 per cent support. According to Max Cameron, a political science professor at UBC, Justin Trudeau’s “Obama effect” has given the Liberals a needed boost.

“[Mr. Trudeau] is a genuinely likeable guy. He seems to be a breath of fresh air, evoking this image of youth, optimism, and change,” Cameron said.

Canadian voters could be showing Conservatives the door

Deutsche Welle Sat Oct 17 2015 By: Philip Fine

The Conservatives appear to be heading for defeat at the polls and are unlikely to be able to form a minority government, according to Max Cameron, director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at UBC.

“Mr. Harper, who has governed in a very partisan manner for the last four years, really has no dance partner, so it’s hard to see how he can hold together any kind of minority parliament,” Cameron said.

Cameron says if a coalition is formed or if the Liberals win minority status, the Liberals and the NDP will find common ground in some legislative issues.

A similar article appeared on MSN.

After strong start, New Democrats appear to fade

New York Times Sat Oct 17 2015 By: Ian Austen

UBC political science professor Richard Johnston was quoted in a New York Times analysis of the NDP’s election campaign. Johnston said the party’s early rise in the polls was mostly due to the party’s victory in Alberta in May.

Johnston added that Mulcair’s campaign style didn’t do him any favours, saying “Tom Mulcair is the real deal. He’s just not a very interesting real deal.”

Three Arts staff awarded 2015 President’s Awards

UBC Focus on People Fri Oct 16 2015

Congratulations to Kristin Sopotiuk (Assistant to the Head, Department of Sociology), Christine Offer (Artistic Presenting Manager, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts) and Julie Wagemakers (Deputy Director, Liu Institute for Global Issues), winners of the 2015 President's Awards.

Kristin Sopotiuk received the President's Service Award for Excellence for her role in making the Sociology department a harmonious and productive place, while promoting the well-being of students, staff, and faculty. Christine Offer was awarded the President's Staff Award for Creativity & Innovation for bringing Chan Centre Connects events to the UBC community. Julie Wagemakers received the President's Staff Award for Leadership for her dedication to establishing the Liu Institute as a place of research excellence, and managing her staff to achieve their highest potential.

Learn more about the winners.

International Election Observers to Monitor Monday’s Vote

Tyee Thu Oct 15 2015 By: David P. Ball

A six-person mission from the Organization for Security and Economic Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has been sent to Ottawa to monitor the federal election on Monday.

UBC political scientist Max Cameron called OSCE a pioneer in election monitoring.

Federal election: How to decide your vote in 20 minutes or less

Metro News Wed Oct 14 2015 By: Kate Webb

Metro News discusses how to make up your mind in the upcoming federal election.

“If the voting act is to try and produce a federal government that is closest to your preferences, then voting strategically is something that you definitely should do,” said UBC political scientist Fred Cutler.

Inside Elections Canada: 5 things you need to know

CBC BC Thu Oct 15 2015

UBC political scientist Gerald Baier talks about five things you need to know about Elections Canada with CBC News, including who runs it.

“It falls under no government ministry. It is an independent office of parliament,” Baier said.

Freed Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy lands in Vancouver

Global BC Thu Oct 15 2015 By: Paula Baker

Freed Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy has arrived in Vancouver.

Fahmy was arrested and jailed nearly two years ago on terrorism charges in Egypt, but was pardoned by the Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi last month.

Fahmy is joining the UBC Graduate School of Journalism as a Journalist in Residence.

Strategic voters challenge democracy

CBC The Current Thu Oct 15 2015

Strategic voting is discussed on CBC’s The Current.

UBC political scientist Michael Byers said strategic voting makes casting a ballot a negative experience instead of a positive one.

Tories could hang on if reduced to minority: analysis

CTV News Thu Oct 15 2015 By: Joan Bryden

The possibility of a continued Conservative minority government is discussed in a new article on CTV News.

“We’re in the realm of convention here, not formal, written rules and the only rule that really applies is that Parliament must be convened once a year — so, in principle, (Harper) could extemporize,” said UBC political scientist Max Cameron.

A similar story appeared in The Huffington Post and iPolitics.

Strategic voting has long-term costs for progressives

National Post Fri Oct 16 2015 By: Daniel Westlake

Strategic voting has long-term consequences, argues Daniel Westlake, a PhD candidate in political science at UBC, in a new National Post op-ed.

“New Democrats voting Liberal to keep the Conservatives out of power (or Liberals voting NDP to do the same), hurt their party’s ability to compete for government in the long term,” wrote Westlake.

Babies move tongues to learn new tongues

Scientific American Thu Oct 15 2015 By: Christopher Intagliata

Babies use their tongues to distinguish speech sounds, according to a new UBC study.

Researchers tested whether babies could distinguish alternating D sounds in Hindi. The babies could tell the sounds apart when they could move their tongues, which a teether prevents.

“At this point I don’t think that these data suggest parents should be taking away teethers or soothers. The majority of infants are chewing on something semi-regularly most of the day. And most of these infants do go on to develop speech normally,” said lead author Alison Bruderer, a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences at UBC.

A similar story appeared CBC BC.

Will Trudeau’s attempt to woo soft Conservatives work?

News 1130 Tue Oct 13 2015 By: Martin MacMahon

Justin Trudeau’s campaign to win over the soft Conservatives in the last few days of the election campaign could work, according to UBC political scientist David Moscrop.

“It seems like the logical end of a long-term shift in momentum in [the Liberals’] favour,” Moscrop said. “The question is do they have enough time to really capitalize on it.”